NAMIBIA Intellectual Property

Patent Attorneys Namibia | Trademark Registrations

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Namibiadeals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified and experienced intellectual property lawyers are able to give you the best legal advice regarding your patents and trademarks in most African countries. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, design, copyright and trademarks. 

Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks
Namibia is one of the most fascinating countries in the world but is still a developing country due to income inequality. Namibia has been an independent country since 1990 when it earned sovereignty from South Africa. Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. The Namibian economy has a modern market sector, which produces most of the country’s wealth. The Namibian Industrial Property Act, 2012 came into effect from 1 August 2018.

ARIPO
Namibia is a member of ARIPO which means that patents, designs or trade marks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Namibia or with ARIPO. Read more…

Trade Marks

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✓
Multi-class Applications ✓
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Registration Timetable:
From Filing to Registration, 12  Months.

Duration and Renewal:
Every 10 years, from the 10th anniversary of filing date.

Namibia is a First to Use country
(whomever first USES a particular trade mark gets the rights)

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Patents

Paris Convention ✓
PCT ✓
Examination ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Complete Patent, 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
14 years from date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with a possible extension of 7 years.

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Designs

Paris Convention ✓
Locarno Classification ✘
Hague Agreement ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Registered Design, 12 – 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
5 years from the date of filing, with possible extensions of two further terms of 5 years.

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Copyright

Copyright can be registered in Namibia.

Duration:
Literary or musical works or an artistic work, other than a photograph, during the life of the author and for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the author dies, but if such work or an adaptation thereof has not been made available to the public during the lifetime of the author.
Cinematograph films, photographs or computer programs, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which it was made available to the public.
Sound recordings or published editions, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which it is first published.
Broadcasts, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the broadcast is made.
Programme-carrying signals, for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the signal is emitted to a satellite.

Renewal:
None

Economy

Namibia’s key economic sectors:
Agriculture, Oil, Services, Mining, Energy. The Namibian economy is dominated by South Africa, with which 80% of its trade is conducted. It is also unduly dependant on diamonds, uranium and zinc, which provide over half of the country’s exports.

Namibia is one of world’s largest producers of:
Namibia is expected to become the world’s second-largest producer of uranium. Namibia also produces large quantities of zinc and is a smaller producer of gold and copper.

Main Export Partners (2016):
South Africa, United States of America.

Main Import Partners (2016):
South Africa, United States of America.

Other African Countries Intellectual Property:

Angola Intellectual Property AgentThe Republic of Angola is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia, the DRC and Zambia. The Economy of Angola is one of the fastest-growing in the world while recovering from 27 years of the civil war.

Botswana Intellectual Property AgentBotswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with up to 70% of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is currently Africa’s oldest continuous democracy and adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. 

Egypt Intellectual Property Agent: The Arab Republic of Egypt, home of the colossal Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel, Sudan and Libya. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any country, and one of the largest and most diversified economies in the Middle East.

Ethiopia Intellectual Property Agent: Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Africa and used to be the 3rd poorest country in the world. The Ethiopian government is in the process of privatising many of the state-owned businesses and moving toward a market economy.

Namibia Intellectual Property AgentNamibia is one of the most fascinating countries in the world but is still a developing country due to income inequality. Namibia has been an independent country since 1990 when it earned sovereignty from South Africa. 

Nigeria Intellectual Property Agent: The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country located in West Africa. Nigeria has one of the world’s highest economic growth rates but poverty still remains significant at 33.1%. 

Rwanda Intellectual Property Agent: Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is one of the smallest countries on the African continent and bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the DRC. 

South Africa Intellectual Property Agent: South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. South Africa has the 2nd largest economy in Africa (after Nigeria) and is one of most industrialised countries on the continent.